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Shifter stuck in Park.

(2001 Honda Accord)
in Owaneco, IL on April 12, 2009
I can't seem to get my Honda transmission shifter out of Park unless I use the override option. This happens every time it is put into Park. The shift button works freely, but the handle won't release from Park unless I use the override feature. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated!!
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With the key, press the brake pedal do you hear a clicking sound each time you press and release the brake pedal. As a safety feature there is an electric solineod that keeps the car in park until it receives power through a switch at the brake pedal. The solineod may have failed or the electrical circuit may have a problem. TEll me if you hear a noise and if you don't I will look at a wiring diagram and tell you which fuse to check. If you hear a click and it still won't come out of park the center console needs to be disassembled to inspect further.
on April 12, 2009
This seem to be a sporadic problem now. I can hear the 'click' on occasion when the brake is pressed, and the 'Park' slot will work fine. But occasionally I can't hear the brake 'click' when the pedal is pressed, and the override must be used to get it out of Park.
on August 21, 2017
I have the same problem with a 1992 Honda Accord LX. It was getting tougher and tougher to shift out of park. Once free of park, it would shift easily into and out of other gears. Now it is locked completely. Even the key override slot doesn't release it from park. We've removed the gearshift and button assembly and the boot over the gear shift.

When I depress the brake, I do not hear a click. The brake lights are working though.

on May 17, 2010
I have a Honda 2001 with the same problem. Just replaced the brake switch which is a little device under the break pedal. This might do the trick. It worked for me...
on September 06, 2009
I had wahed my engine with a pressure washer, changed the transmission 4th gear pressure (Honda part no.28610-RAY-003) sensor (was getting an intermittent flashing "D" transmission light) on my 2004 Accord EX V6 and changed the transmission fluid at 75,000 miles. I also had jacked the front end on my slightly inclined driveway. I had pulled the horn fuze since the horn kept going off on Saturday, I assumed was from water shorting a sensor. Let dry out overnight. Sunday when I went to back off inclined driveway to check fluid level, I could not get the car out of park. No amount of turning the front wheel, pressure on the brake (also had a TCS light on dash) and fooling with the gear shift worked. Finally when I installed the 20 amp horn fuze, I had no problem and the TCS light went away. Still awaiting a final answer to see if the 4th gear pressure sensor changeout solves the intermittent blinking "D" transmission light.
on April 30, 2010
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